Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Today is Christmas Eve and it looks like we might get some snow today! This year has been good year for our family. We are so blessed for all the good things God has done for us. I hope today and tomorrow you will look back on your year and I know for some it hasn't been the best of years. Just know that we are here for you and praying.

This Christmas Season has been a great one for Melissa. She is older (2 1/2) and she is loving everything about Christmas. Today we are going to make a Birthday Cake for Jesus and make cookies for Santa. We hope we get to play out in the snow and then head to our Church Christmas Eve service. Then come home and get ready for Santa to come. Tomorrow we don't have much planned just staying home and enjoy watching Melissa open up her gifts and playing with all the fun things. We might go over to our friends later on. I just like being home with my little family.

I hope you enjoy the video from our family to yours. Melissa has a big roll in this video!

Merry Christmas,

Paul, Traci and Melissa

Melissa's CF Appointment

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Melissa had her CF appointment yesterday and everything went well. She has gotten taller since her last appointment 3 months ago. She is right at 36in and she weighs 31lb 11.9oz. She didn't gain much weight from her last appointment, but her doctors aren't concerned at this time. Her lungs sound clear, praise the lord! She does have some congestion in her nose, but it could just be the change in weather and having the heat on that has got her congested. I know that both Paul and I have had some sinus pressure the last week.
Melissa did great today at her appointment she received her 2nd half of the H1N1 shot and also had to have blood work today. The CF Clinic gave her a stocking full of fun things in it, like her first barbie doll, a reindeer, Christmas book, a nice warm hat and some fun ELMO cups. Also every year the clinic gives the patients a Christmas ornament, she picked out a snowman ornament this year.

As we were waiting to get her blood taken the staff down in the Lab gave her a Beanie Baby Christmas Bear. She thought this was the best thing coming to this appointment getting all kinds of fun things.

We are so blessed this Christmas that Melissa is doing so well. It has been fun this year to get out and do fun things with her this season. We still are being careful where we take her, but she is have a lot of fun this Christmas season.

Melissa with all her goodies

Our Thanksgiving

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oh boy I'm behind on this post so sorry. It just seems the blog has taken a backseat the last couple of months. Maybe it's because I don't have a lot to blog about and when I do, I forget to post.

For Thanksgiving we packed our bags and load up the SUV and headed to the Texas Hill Country to spend a long weekend with the Liberto family. Paul's brother Dan and his family had Thanksgiving dinner at their house. We had a great time hanging out the the family. We got to see Paul's sister Laurie and his other brother Michael. Also our niece Lisa who is back from serving over in Afghanistan was with us.

We enjoyed our visit and Melissa had a blast playing with her cousins.

Family hanging out before dinner

Melissa with cousin Lisa
Melissa with Aunt LaLa (Laurie)

Paul with his brothers and sister
Micheal, Dan, Laurie and Paul

Melissa with Uncle Mickey

The whole family together

Melissa, Pau and Uncle Dan out looking for deer
Out at the Christmas Tree Farm

Dan, Sydney, Jackie, Conner and Jordan found their Tree!

Melissa's favorite thing!

Decorating the Christmas Tree and visiting Santa Claus

On Saturday, November 21, 2009 we started to get in the Christmas spirit by decorating the Christmas Tree. Melissa was so excited about the Christmas Tree. I told her when she went down for her nap that after nap time she could help mommy and daddy with the Christmas Tree. The first thing she asked about was the tree when she got up. She went running in to the living room and said look at the big tree. We had a fun time her decorating the tree. We had Christmas music going. I didn’t have time to put out the rest of our Christmas things so I had wait until after Thanksgiving to get the stockings and all the other things out.

Melissa also went to see Santa Claus and wasn’t sure about sitting in his lap and talking to him. She wouldn’t tell him what she wanted so I guess we need to get a letter in the mail soon.

Getting ready to go see Santa

Santa Claus and Melissa 2009

CVS Pharmacy and the Cystic Firbrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Benefit from Holiday Film Promotion

Warner Home Video and CVS/pharmacy to Donate Proceeds from Holiday DVD Sales

November 24, 2009

(Bethesda, MD) – The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced today that CVS/pharmacy and Warner Home Video will partner with the Foundation this holiday season to raise critical funds for cystic fibrosis through the sale of classic family movies.

The videos will be sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy. Five dollars of every video purchased will be donated by CVS/pharmacy and Warner Home Video to benefit the Foundation.

From now through Dec. 25, 2009, CVS/pharmacy will sell three animated holiday favorites from Warner Home Video, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Year Without a Santa,” and “Jack Frost.”

“We’ve made tremendous strides in increasing life expectancy for cystic fibrosis, but this devastating disease still takes the lives of too many children and adults,” said C. Richard Mattingly, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is thrilled that CVS/pharmacy and Warner Home Video are joining us in the effort to raise dollars to fight cystic fibrosis and ultimately find a cure.”

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that causes life-threatening lung infections and premature death, and affects about 70,000 people worldwide. The Foundation has fueled dramatic improvements in research and care that have significantly changed the prognosis for people with CF. The predicted median age of survival for people with CF has increased to more than 37 years — more than double what it was 25 years ago.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

The Three Musketeers

Here is a picture of Melissa with her friends Brooke and Jeremiah from school. Their moms also work at the school and every morning all three of them would give each other big hugs and from what I'm told they played together all the time. We gave them the name The Three Musketeers.

This picture was taken on the day of school pictures. Jeremiah’s mom and dad are from Japan. So it’s custom to wear this outfit.

Lost Halloween Pictures

I'm so bad that I didn't even post pictures of Melissa dressed up as Minnie Mouse. Melissa had a great time dressing up. We took her to our Church Fall Festival and we even met up with her friend Brooke. They had a blast hanging out with each other. They played lots of games and the favorite part of the night was jumping in the bounce house. Doesn't Melissa make a great little Minnie Mouse?

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ijust entered a contest to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. You can visit $5 and check out all the recipes. I'm trying the Ginger Pumpkin Soup tonight.

A fun fall day at the Dallas Arboretum

Last Wednesday Melissa and I headed out to the Dallas Arboretum to see the pretty fall flowers and all the pumpkins. We both had a great time just walking around looking at all the pretty flowers.

Hanging out with Kaelyn and meeting baby Connor

Friday, October 30, 2009

On Monday I took Melissa over to play with her friend Kaelyn. They haven't seen each other in months. We also got to meet baby Connor for the first time. Oh he is so sweet. I had forgotten what it was like to hold a new born. Melissa was in to him at first, but then her and Kaelyn went off to play. The girls had a really good time playing together. At one point the girls went to Kaelyn's room and Melissa was pretending to blow dry Kaelyn's hair with the toy hair dryer. It was cute to watch them pretend play together.

Our 3rd Annual pumpkin patch visit and pumpkin carving

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On Saturday Paul, Melissa, DD and I all went to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. This is our 3rd year to take Melissa to this pumpkin patch. She was only 4 months old her first trip. This year she was having a blast. We didn't time this trip well. We waited to go the last weekend and it was a beautiful day so everyone was at the pumpkin patch. It didn't stop us from taking lots of pictures and Melissa running around having fun.
Melissa's DD came in this past weekend so it was her first trip to the pumpkin patch with us. Melissa even talked her DD in to buying her some pumpkins. She bought on for us to carve. Melissa also enjoyed helping us carve the pumpkin. As you can see had fun. Also she is giving you a sneak peak of her Halloween costume.

Melissa sleeping in a big girl bed

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday night Melissa made the move from a baby bed to her big girl bed. She help us take down her baby bed and she even kissed it goodbye. She helped us get her big girl bed all together. She could not wait to lay down on it. Melissa is going to use my old bed room furniture that I had as a little girl and it was also my moms when she was a little girl. The head board, foot board and the night stand are being refinished and we hope to have them back by December and then we will have the two dresser draws done. We found a nice man to do this for us. Once we get all of the pieces back and get her room all put together I will post pictures. Until then here are some pictures of Melissa in her baby bed for the last time and of her in the big girl bed.
The first night she slept great , when she woke up the next morning she was asking when can she take a nap. She was ready to go back to sleep in her bed. She is doing really well with the bed.
Last night in her baby bed
Right after we put up her big girl bed
First night sleeping in her big girl bed
First nap in her big girl bed

Enjoying the fall

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Over the last couple of weeks we have been enjoying this time of year here in Texas. We don't get to enjoy fall that much, but it has been nice the last couple of weeks. Melissa is enjoying seeing pumpkins and scarecrows. One day in the store I noticed they had a pumpkin painting kit and since Melissa loves to paint I had to buy it. We also bought some baking pumpkins to make real pumpkin pie and then one pumpkin to decorate outside with our flowers and our new scarecrow Melissa picked out. She loves going out the front door and talking to the scarecrow.

This past weekend we took Melissa to the Coppell Oak Fest. It was free to get in and all the actives were also free. We only had to pay for food. Melissa and I road a train ride around the pond, she played in the bounce house. I think her favorite thing was dancing to the Emerald City Band. She wasn't happy when we left because she was having a blast dancing.

We hope to make it out to the pumpkin patch this weekend. I hope the rain will stay away over the weekend. I will post pictures of the pumpkin patch.